Characteristics of Chinese Perfume Plant (Aglaia odorata) in the Wild

Aglaia odorata
Chinese perfume plant is a species of tree in the Meliaceae family. Its distribution includes China, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, and Indonesia.

His whole brother, Aglaia ceramica, is a Maluku endemic plant and is included in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list, which means it is very endangered.

At a glance, the Chinese perfume plant is similar to Orange Jessamine (Murraya paniculata), and many people mistakenly mention both. But their interest is very much different.


Characteristics of Chinese Perfume Plant Leaf

Aglaia odorata Leaf
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Chinese perfume plant compound leaves, odd pinnate, grow alternately, the surface of the leaf is smooth, shiny, about 8-12 cm long with 3-9 short-stemmed leaflets.


Characteristics of Chinese Perfume Plant Flower

Aglaia odorata Flower
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The flowers are oval, clustered, 5-6 cm long, have 6 petals, are yellow and fragrant.


Characteristics of Chinese Perfume Plant

Aglaia odorata Tree
Chinese perfume plant can grow to reach a height of 4-5 meters. Often found growing wild in gardens and dry fields that get full sun.


All parts of this plant can be used as medicine because they contain essential oils, alkaloids, and mineral salts. It can overcome various diseases such as flatulence, coughing, canker sores, fever, ulcers, and accelerate labor.

The root can increase appetite, by boiling and drinking boiled water.

In the Philippines, Chinese perfume plant’s roots and leaves are used as a tonic.

In China, dried branches and leaves are boiled and used to reduce pain due to rheumatism, swelling, skin infections, and swelling due to toxins.

Chinese dried perfume plant flowers can be used for air freshener clothing or used for cigarette blends.


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